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Taliban home video of attack on U.S. soldiers

[youtubevid id=”_2e6w8makEg”]ABC News has shown video that the Taliban shot when they attacked an outpost at Wanat and killed nine American soldiers in July 2008. I’m less than a tactical genius;¬† you wouldn’t want to trust me with a platoon … Continue reading

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Saudi Arabia radicalized U.S. soldiers

Saudi Arabia vigorously attempted to convert American soldiers to fundamentalist¬† Islam during the First Persian Gulf War, according to the Middle East Strategy at Harvard project. Gal Luft, an energy security expert, quotes Rick Francona, an aide to General Norman … Continue reading

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Fort Hood killer was Muslim Army psychiatrist

Authorities have identified the Fort Hood killer as Major Nidal Malik Hasan, an Army psychiatrist (and apparently a convert to Islam). Two other soldiers that were arrested on the scene have been released, so it may have been a case … Continue reading

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Terrorists determined to attack U.S. military bases

It’s too early to say who was responsible for the attack at Fort Hood. But the fact that the Army is reporting multiple shooters indicates an organized group. Before we automatically blame Al Qaeda, it’s important to remember that the … Continue reading

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Counterinsurgency doesn't compute

When I was in graduate school studying political science, I encountered a lot of quantitative theory, especially in peace research. That basically meant a bunch of professors coming up with mathematical models for predicting when wars would occur. Problem was, … Continue reading

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Why are their Afghans better than our Afghans?

A common lament during the Vietnam War was , “Why are their Vietnamese better than our Vietnamese?” American soldiers had more respect for the skilled, disciplined and motivated Viet Cong than they did for their lazy, corrupt South Vietnamese allies. … Continue reading

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Play the game of nation-building

We’re busy nation-building in Iraq and Afghanistan, but do we understand how nations are built? While researching an article on the computer simulations used by the U.S. military to model irregular warfare, I was dismayed to discover that the U.S. … Continue reading

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